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User-Defined Status/Stages

Presently, to define status of a task, there are only three options available with the user, namely, Not Started, In Progress, Complete.

Provision to user's to create more status-tags will help track the status.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seems like this would be a quick implementation. Any reason they haven't done this yet or what a timeline might be (original idea was december 2016)

      • Merethe Stave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Or, at least add a status = On hold/awaiting 3rd party, as sometimes tasks are not possible to do, but still want to keep them in the list for when it is possible, eg. when tasks is currently out of scope, or depended on someone/something else to be completed.
        Or, if not open for customization, at least give some options to choose from (eg. as mentioned in previous comments; "pending", "test", etc.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ability to assign a Task to multiple People with a Checkbox "Everybody has to do the Task".
        If unchecked: Task is done, when somebody did it, if checked, Task is done, if everybody did it...

      • Simon Tocker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We would have loads of extra status codes, in one instance, as there are multiple stages in our pipeline, including the usual blocked, in test, in uat, etc all belong in that "centre" section of a kanban

      • Matthias commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolutely agree. To use planner as kanban in a useful way, at least two additional states are needed. As already mentioned "verify" and "backlog" would be very helpful.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree. At minimum an additional status i.e. "pending" or "waiting" would be very helpful for an effective kanban style plan. Of course fully customisation would be the perfect solution.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd like this too - even a couple of customizable statuses to be able to add a bit more flexibility

      • Tony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We definitely need that. Important new status are: Waiting for, Backlog...

      • Norm Sash commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yep, I want the flexibility of user-defined status. I know there are other suggestions for Planner about this, but they all seem to be for adding a specific status, so I didn't vote for those ideas. Rather, I'm voting for this idea to give us user defined status just like we can have user defined buckets.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was in the middle of suggesting the same thing then saw this! right now I have this on a whiteboard in my office but would love to be able to carry it around electronically. Make it happen!

      • Molly Parker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes! This would be great. I would love to be able to add additional stages to the drop down list.

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